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Our faculty and students focus on scholarship related to the special needs of people of all ages who benefit from a range of approaches to teaching, learning, or communication. We welcome all inquiries from students, professionals, community members, and families.


Academic programs in communication sciences and disorders, special education, birth through kindergarten programs, American Sign Language, and other specialties reflect our fundamental belief that all people should be as independent as they can possibly be.


We value high-quality research that generates new knowledge and we value the best possible applications of current knowledge.


Potential students who are interested in participating in the PIPs Project, a joint effort between the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the Special Education B-K program that provides interdisciplinary training to support young children with high intensity needs across a variety of settings, can apply for funding.

Apply for Funding


Through the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, and other outreach activities, we share our expertise with those who may benefit from it.

Academic Programs

Double Dawgs Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Science (MS)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Contact Details

  • Address:
    570 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4561
  • Fax: 706-542-4240
  • Department head: Cynthia O. Vail

Support our programs
Our clinics

Our clinics

We are home to the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, which add depth to our programs.

Community services

Community services

We offer summer programs for all ages, as well as speech and hearing screenings for children and adults in the community.

Faculty profile

Faculty profile

Associate Professor Kevin Ayres launched the BCBA clinic following the successful start of a program to train educators in Board-Certified Behavioral Analysis.


Research Grants

  • Analysis, Interpretation, Instruction, Management (AIIM)

    This project prepares graduate students to evaluate and plan intervention programs for K-12 students with ASD. Students earn a master's degree in special education upon completion and are eligible to sit for the board certification in applied behavior analysis examination.

    Kevin M. Ayres U.S. Department of Education
  • Collaborative Personnel Preparation in Autism (COPPA) Project

    This innovative College of Education graduate program in special education, which has prepared dozens of elementary school teachers to work with children with autism spectrum disorders over the last several years, has received a third grant to continue through 2017.

    U.S. Department of Education
  • Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP)

    The Georgia Sensory Assistance Project is a grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, that provides services to children and youth with deaf-blindness from birth through age 21.

    Cynthia O. Vail U.S. Department of Education
  • The PIPs Project

    The purpose of this project is to provide interdisciplinary training to graduate-level early childhood special educators (ECSE) and speech-language pathologists (SLP) to support young children with high intensity needs across a variety of settings.

    Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz U.S. Department of Education

Outreach Programs

  • Audiology Services

    The UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic offers comprehensive audiology services for all ages including hearing evaluations, acoustic reflex testing, ABR testing, OAE testing, infant hearing testing, and more!

  • CABER Services

    The Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research works with local students and teachers to create and sustain supportive learning environments. Here are ways we engage with the community.

  • Preschool Program for Language and Literacy

    This program targets language and literacy skills for pre-K children through evidence-based practices.

  • Speech and Hearing Screenings

    Free speech and hearing screenings are offered in the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic twice a year as a community service.

  • Speech-Language Pathology Services

    The UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic offers comprehensive speech-language pathology services for all ages, including aphasia, articulation, speech sound disorders, aural rehabilitation, and more!

Faculty and Staff

Tina C. Anderson

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Amber Atkinson

  • Program Coordinator II

Sandie Bass-Ringdahl

  • Clinical Associate Professor and CMSD Program Director

Jennifer A. Brown

  • Associate Professor

Liang Chen

  • Associate Professor

Thomas J. Clees

  • Associate Professor

Ansley Lara Crisler

  • Clinical Instructor-Limited Term

Carol Darrah

  • Early Childhood Coordinator

Alicia B. Davis

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Nancy Dellaria

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Patrick Finn

  • Professor

Michelle Lee Fletchall

  • Administrative Assistant I

Diane Foster

  • Family Engagement Coordinator

Bethany Hamilton-Jones

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Ingrid Dawn Hinkley

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Holly S. Kaplan

  • Clinical Professor

Amber Laws

  • Administrative Specialist II

Brian W. Leffler

  • Lecturer

Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz

  • Associate Professor

Jennifer H. Lindstrom

  • Associate Professor

Rebecca Shisler Marshall

  • Associate Professor

Melissa Montalvo

  • Business Manager I

Allison U. Nealy

  • Clinical Professor

Laura Nichols

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Katy H. O'Brien

  • Assistant Professor

Carol Ann Raymond

  • Clinical Professor

Joel Ringdahl

  • Associate Professor

Heather Woodard Roberts

  • Student Affairs Professional II

Nina Santus

  • Clinical Assistant Professor-Limited Term

Kristin L. Sayeski

  • Associate Professor

Alisa Norris Schultz

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Mini Shrivastav

  • Part Time Sr. Research Scientist

Jennifer Smith

  • Part-Time Instructor

Christine Spratling

  • Program Coordinator IV

Constance B. Tucker

  • Office Manager

Cynthia O. Vail

  • Professor and Department Head

Kimberly Viel-Ruma

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Andrea Zawoyski

  • Assistant Professor, Limited-Term


Upcoming Events


2019 College of Education Research Conference

Connect with fellow UGA colleagues and share your research projects at the College of Education's annual Research Conference.